Friday, September 05, 2014


Nato agrees on new 'spearhead' force amid Ukraine crisis The Nato military alliance has agreed on a new "spearhead" force amid growing concern at the Ukraine crisis and the rise of Islamic State militants.

Iran 'backs US military contacts' to fight Islamic State Iran's Supreme Leader has approved co-operation with the US as part of the fight against Islamic State (IS) in Iraq, sources have told BBC Persian.

Talks on Ukraine ceasefire start in Belarus Talks expected to bring a much-anticipated ceasefire to the fighting in eastern Ukraine began on Friday in the Belarusian capital.

Ukraine and pro-Russia rebels sign ceasefire deal The Ukrainian government and pro-Russian rebels have signed a truce deal to end almost five months of fighting.

Egyptian militants being guided by ISIS leaders Ansar Bait al-Maqdis militant in Sinai says Islamic State helps the group, responsible for multiple attacks in Israel, by teaching the element of surprise and how to evade capture.

Some Christians arm as Mideast perils mount With jihadist groups threatening their survival, ancient communities take measures to defend themselves.

How did a few thousand fighters on pickup trucks manage to frighten the world? While Western media highlights the Islamic State's gains, and Obama seeks a strategy, the jihadists would be hard-pressed if faced with a conventional army.

Iran nuclear talks to resume days before critical UN session US holds first meeting with Iranian counterparts following the announcement of additional sanctions enforcement.

ISIS, Hamas, Iran and the West The beheading of U.S. journalist Steven Satloff has raised concerns in the West about Islamist threats.

Nato expansion unlikely before late 2015 Nato leaders have indicated the alliance will not take in any new aspirant states until late next year.